Repeat Business Blog: Shaun Allan

This week Repeat Business speaks to Shaun Allan, the prolific North East based tech entrepreneur – who embodies the philosophy of his most current venture, Vector76, that ‘Anything is possible virtually’. Based in the innovation-led PROTO Emerging Technologies Centre, Vector76 provided the VR technology used at the pitch for the Great Exhibition of the North, helping NewcastleGatehead …

Repeat Business Blog: Charlotte Colley

This week Repeat Business speaks to Charlotte Colley, the serial beauty business founder who knew from childhood she wanted to run her own venture. We loved reading Charlotte’s journey, as it highlights how continuing to invest in your skills as an individual can turn up exciting new opportunities for the next step. From technician to salon owner …

Repeat Business Blog: Ammar Mirza CBE

Welcome to the third instalment of our Repeat Business blog series! This week we interview Ammar Mirza CBE, a serial entrepreneur and business leader, who has helped establish hundreds of businesses in the North East. Ammar is the Chairman and Founder of Asian Business Connexions, a social enterprise that connects, supports and promotes the Asian and wider community. In …

Repeat Business Blog: Caroline Theobald CBE

For the second instalment of our Repeat Business blog series, meet Caroline Theobald. Passionate about entrepreneurship, ethical business and gender equality, Caroline is a successful serial Founder, who boasts a CBE for her services to business in the North East. “ I wanted to make as sure as I could that everyone, wherever they lived …

Repeat Business Blog: Robert Ashton

Welcome to the first of our ‘Repeat Business’ blog series. The rapid changes to public and private life that have taken place in 2020 have disrupted what ‘business as usual’ looks like around the world. As this disruption swept the UK, we listened to the voices of the businesses we work with; many who faced …

17 Ways YOUR Business Can Help Save the World

Learn how little changes can make a big impact with our Guest Blogger, Karen Bellis, Head of International Programmes at PNE Group   Yes, saving the world may sound like a really ambitious target but there are many ways all businesses, no matter how small, can make a real contribution to help make the world …

How SMEs Benefit from Developing Sustainable Supply Chains

As the business world becomes more aware of sustainability as a driver of profitability rather than purely a reputational tool, the pursuit to extend sustainability into the supply chain is gaining greater weight. Promoting a sustainable supply chain, by integrating environmental considerations into the decision making on suppliers and ensuring suppliers meet certain environmental requirements, has developed into a tool to create value …

Entrepreneurial Solutions = A Sustainable Future

Let’s make the North East the best place in the UK to start, run and grow a sustainable business! PNE Group supports the SDGs: an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership Two recent influential reports have brought into sharp focus the urgent need for all of …

David Logan: The Psychological Challenge of Growing a Business

  “Psychological needs are every bit as important as their technical and commercial competence.” Our latest blog comes from David Logan, author of Corporate Citizenship: The role of companies as citizens of the modern world. With a vibrant career in supporting ethical business and social responsibility, as well as practical experience co-Founding The Corporate Citizenship …

Female Entrepreneurs Held Back By Unpaid Work

The untapped economic potential of female entrepreneurship represents a potential £1bn annual boost to the UK economy (Royal Bank of Scotland, 2017) and 150,000 additional new starts a year (Prowess Women in Business, 2018). It is widely reported women entrepreneurs often face more barriers to enterprise than their male counterparts. Data on gender difference within entrepreneurship …

Raising Investment, Harder for Women Entrepreneurs?

Headlines on the rise of female entrepreneurs suggest that the entrepreneurial arena is leading the way in promoting gender equality, however major barriers remain.  This report explores the obstacles women face when raising investment to start-up or grow their business. Entrepreneurialism in the UK has risen far faster among women than men in the past decade. Aston …

PNE Enterprise Supports the Next Generation of Sustainable Entrepreneurs

Have a business idea that will help to create a more sustainable world? PNE Enterprise, part of PNE Group, is supporting the next generation of sustainable entrepreneurs through its recently-launched Sustainable Start-up Award. The scheme, open to individuals aged 18-30 and living within Tyne and Wear, is providing a unique offer of financial aid, supplying …